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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.
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Incredibly its been almost 7 years since we visited southern Africa. I still think about it before going to sleep each night.
We know the feeling! Africa will always be here, waiting for you to return…
One of the best jokes ever. 😀😁😂 the heading just shocked me and made me to view it like real quick and the content just filled me with a great smile😊…. Good job writer 👏👏 you’re just amazing.!
We know the feeling! Maybe it’s time for a return?
I think its only Africa where you can visit and you always feel like revisiting again.www.primeugandasafaris.com
I am lucky enough to live here,I travel every 2 years to Europe and honestly can’t wait to get back to the most beautiful country in the world SOUTH AFRICA.
I have loved every visit (4 so far) & hope to return …but Greek and Phillipine islands call also with their great variety
I vote Africa first 🙂
Love this post!
Thanks Chalo Africa
Thanks Chalo Africa!
I lived in Gondar and Bale Provinces in Ethiopia-an unforgettable experience indeed!
Thanks for the comment Dr!
Thanks for the comment Dr.
Africa was the centre of creation with all this breath-taking sceneries, Amazing cultures and wildlife http://www.medianorth.co.ke/travel-destinations/
thanks for explaining the joke lol
Great pitch. I loved the title! Africa is indeed an amazing place. Thanks for the striking photo story.
Haha thanks! The photos certainly do it justice!
All pictures you showed it for me it is a great place to visit to Africa
Thanks Malaika! It’s even better in person 🙂
So glad I live here!! Who took the pictures?? Would love to follow some of the artists – amazing work capturing this beautiful place
Hi David, the pictures were taken at the different lodges around Africa that we work with. If you’d like to see similar photos why not follow us on Instagram on https://www.instagram.com/rhinoafrica/
We lived in Africa for 25 yrs! Northern Rhodesia first then South Africa. Loved most of it until the trouble started!
Like so many if us Alistair. But I’ve managed to settle well here in the UK.
You mean when the white man was no longer in charge!
The photos are just breathtaking! can I use some of these on my blog?
Hi Faustin, thanks for the comment. The photos are unfortunately unavailable for your use as they come from the lodges we work with around Africa. Thanks for stopping by!
Excellent! Will share on Joburg Expat…
Thanks Sine! Appreciate the love 🙂
Hi, can concur, lived in Kenya for a year and my husband and I traveled by road through central Africa and down the east coast of Africa back to Joburg. Seen some of the most beautiful places. Would do it all over again. I also think people that just fly into places or lodges miss so much of the real Africa as well.
Hi there, wow that sounds like a great trip! Living in Kenya must have been amazing, Africa must be in your blood!
Brilliant piece. I love daring content like this. Such a good giggle.
Ah thanks Dalene!
You have convinced me. I am staying in Africa!.
Haha Mariano, good stuff. So are we!
Beautiful photos and I love all the tongue-in-cheek comments! 😉
Thanks Marika, it was fun to create!
Welcome to kenya
So beautiful. Just gotta love staying here
Even too much to see….I get anxiety
The photographs used for reasons 10 and 12 are not from the continent of Africa. Lemurs and that species of baobab are endemic to Madagascar.
Not from the Continent but African all the same for Madagascar is a Southern African Island. I have seen baobab trees in other countries in the Continent, too but, of course, I do not know whether they were the same species.
Madagascar is part of the African continent.
Not part of the African continent – it is outside the continental shelf and over 400km away from the continent. Due to its unique mix of plants and animals found nowhere else, some ecologists actually regard it as the “eight continent”. Currently the country is included in the AU, but apparently this position is being reconsidered due to political reasons.
So what are you implying? That UK is not europe? Get your geography correct
I live in Madagascar and being from here, I can tell you with 100% surety that it is part of beautiful Africa… Broke off of South Eastern Africa…. Merci.
Please don’t deny facts. It’s very embarrassing. Have some self-respect at the very least! OMG!!
Annalene Sadie you are a stupid fool.
Thats the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while. If you use that thinking then Japan, Malaysia and all the other islands in Asia are not ‘IN” Asia because they are not connected to the continent. They are ALL Asian countries and That country is an African country.
Enrolling for a geography class might be an expensive affair for you, but for goodness sakes, google is free.
Great Britain clearly belongs to Europe. So where does Madagascar belong?
Poor Annalene Sadie, where is your school geography, Madagascar is one of Africa”s Isldnds. It’s part of Aruca!
Aruca? Are you from another planet?
Madagascar is in Africa! Google before you post.
Annalene Sadie please do not reproduce
Definitely where does he think Madagascar is
Madagascar is an African Country. Such Ignorance. I read through you other comments and can you pass on a message to your fellow Ignorant beings that said this. “Due to its unique mix of plants and animals found nowhere else, some ecologists actually regard it as the “eight continent”. That you all need to go back in a class and learn the Geography of Africa and it’s many Islands. The best thing humble human beings do when they have been corrected is to say thank you and not become all defensive and providing crap research as evidence. Tell that to someone from Madagascar that they are not African because of your sheer nonsense , you won’t have it easy.
You get an F in geography!! Please google which continent Madagascar belongs to!! Nkt!!
So Madagascar is in india or something?
The prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana separated the Madagascar–Antarctica–India landmass from the Africa–South America landmass around 135 million years ago. Madagascar later split from India about 88 million years ago, allowing plants and animals on the island to evolve in relative isolation.[17 17 University of Berkeley: Understanding Evolution (October 2009). “Where did all of Madagascar’s species come from?”. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
Geology tells us Madagascar broke away from the India land mass, NOT Africa!
Can anyone still wonder why all of us OLD FOLKS never even considered leaving this lovely and vibrant Continent for other Greener Pastures? Love all the crazy comments too.
I was born in Africa and will die in Africa.
Awesome post! OMG those photos!
Waw incredible post
….. I knew it would be one of those trick an fool at the end
Love it!love to hate Africa..
Awesome pictures! Would be breathtaking in person. Wow
Welcome to Kenya Lisa
Lovely pictures. Very stupid attempt at sarcasm. Pity.
Superb work. . . . No wonder i like being in this jungle. Its pretty boring http://www.Kasunie.com
It has been my longtime dream to travel to Africa.. i never gave up on that.
Visit Kenya please
Welcome to Africa. Kenya is home for the big five animals in the wild
Welcome to Kenya. Home of the big five and awesome nature
I loved it in Kenya!
Come again Tonya
i got o cuba now
hi tonya,i need to ask you osmething can u please contact me email@example.com
i tried emailing you, but it bounces back, sorry
Total of 10 years in Kenya, so these photos bring an inhalation of breath and a tear. Wonderful.
Thats my holiday knackered 😂😂😂👍🏻👍🏻
Love it! Sigh. Breathtaking views.. My Africa is nothing like your Africa…https://africanahgirl.com/2017/01/27/my-africa-is-nothing-like-your-africa/
i ❤ it…
12. The trees are stupid? These look like Madagascan trees and not part of Africa.
Hi Jono, thanks for the comment. Madagascar is considered part of Africa so we thought we’d include them in the list, even if they are stupid 😉
Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.
Soooo need to go back! I miss the weather, cultures, coloured and everything about South Africa.
You have no idea how many years i have been wanting to go to africa. And i hope one day i end up making it xx
What camera do you use? The pics are outstanding!
Wow! Amazing pictures. A mzungu once told me that you cannot visit Africa and remain the same. It must change you in some way. Awesome blog!
This is why I will never leave Africa …………………..
I lived in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe for 38 years and these pics made me so homesick. Have been back a few times as well as to South Africa. I may have left Africa but Africa will never leave my heart.
I was so ready to jump in and give you a piece of my mind when I first saw the title hahaha. Great post! And Africa is indeed the bestest place on earth!
This is an amazingly written blog. Few words, with photos holding a thousand more. Gives me great pride to call Africa my home!
I am a South African, living in the US. I have been in the US for a long time. I miss it so much. I do go back to visit, I still have family in SA. It is still the most beautiful country in the world. But I worry about the problems in SA. I will always be homesick.
That’s why i live in Africa!
Excellent place for adventurers!!!!!But not for shoppers!
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit… magnificent photography spoilt by corny comments!
Spending 23 years in Africa it was a splendid experience, missed with nostalgia
JUst BEAUTIFUL. I traveled to East Africa.. But I want to have the opportunity to travel to all of Africa. Thank you for sharing.
Good and too creative
What a wonderfully enchanting way to expose the beautiful South African animals and countryside. I have been fortunate enough to go there on many occasions as I have relatives living in Wilderness and George, I live in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and we, too, have some outstanding animals and very beautiful scenery. How lucky I am. Good bye Africa, I don’t think I will be seeing you again . Thank you.
huo ni ujinga na upongufu wa akili unapotosha watu je katika inchi yenu kuna mambo mazuri kama haya uwezo wako wa kuchanganyua mbambo ni mdogo inatakiwa upigwe kofi la kichwa ku restore memory nyumbu wewe!!!!!!!!
Thank you, very nicely done Matthew and sure to melt or even break the hearts of many of the diaspora who had to leave this beautiful part of the world. I had to 6 years ago.
But on a positive note, I have the tools, the skills and the wherewithal to fill my newly launched website with my art, photography and photo-blogs but right up till now have felt a totally blocked and overwhelmed – like staring at a blank canvas- until this lovely blog popped up on my FB. And I am totally re-inspired.
So thank you.
I have been fortunate enough to have visited 4 times seeing 7 countries. I booked yesterday to see the Danakil Depression in November. Hope to get to the Omo Valley also!
Love ❤️ this! We live in Cape Town. I treated my spouse to a trip to Kruger National Park for his 50th (our second trip). The highlight for me was a leopard in a tree with Wild dogs at the base of the tree! My husband loves wild dogs, so it was a very special sight for us! Pictures are so awesome, wish we could do this more often. 😍
Nice pictures but stupid comments
Welcome to Tanzania, you won’t regret and you wouldn’t want to leave either!!! You climb mt. Kilimanjaro, take a glace at Ngorongoro, make jokes at Serengeti on your way to Zanzibar beaches
can you please post a link to the elephant photo in the header?
B-E-A-Utiful. When i get married next year i want my honeymoon in Tanzania or Mauritius
Astonishing pictures of how Africa really differs from our Western society !
Love this !! It’s the most beautiful place in the world. Proud to say that it’s my home…
An amazingly beautiful set of photos as to why I live and love in Africa.
The photos are out standing…. credits to u:) I’m looking forward to visit in nov … africa hv been in my mind for soo long…can’t wait to go ..plz send me more details 🙂
Now, I really don’t think Africa is that special, and the children are so unfriendly, I keep going each winter just to check things really are that detestable. I’m forced to stay there for 90 long days, just because South Africa are so mean to only give me a 90-day visa. And me spending 6.5 days per week working in the totally ungrateful children’s home where they do nothing about suppressing the population as they keep being soft and rescuing abandoned babies to grow up into graduates who flaunt themselves on TV playing Rugby for Wits. Not a thought for football. I suppose they might go on to play cricket, next. Oh no it might be baseball. Oh, it puts me off how then build fires in the firepits I built and have jolly parties there. What a things!
I’ve done a fair amount of traveling. Africa was the trip of a lifetime. The photos shown should prove that…….outstanding!
The cradle of mankind!
It is breathtaking
Not sure how to take that comment Ken, Africa is beautiful, I was born in Rhodesia 76 years ago, lived there for 61 years, the last 20 years under African rule, the country is majestic, the ruling higherarcy are not, anything but, I now live in the UK, very happy, new chapter, but what a wonderful 61 years, visit Africa, you’ll love it as a tourist, you will be astounded, astonished, thrilled and beguiled, worth every penny/dime spent.
Africa is Incredible!! No doubt.. I miss everyday of life I spent in South Africa.. Beautiful pics thanks a lot!!
I thought that there was only ONE reason to never travel to Africa: Let its enchanting, unimaginable natural beauty live and thrive!!!
Seriously, Mat the answer to to your question is: Western wild life hunters. They should rather stay home and find another adventurous hobby.
Amazing story with a rather weird heading…….nearly pissed my nose only to find the jokes! Kazi nzuri sana.
Born and raised in Dar es Salaam….but never get tired of watching the sunsets along the cost…..Always a Sundowner
Had the chance to spend 3 weeks there visiting South Africa in 1999 , it was truly a beautiful country!! I would love to go back and see more of the continent one day !
I had to read the article when I saw the heading….”how could someone say that???” We went to SA, Zambia last year and it was the most amazing trip of our lives. I would move there today but we are too old now (61 and 63). I had a friend who’s father visits every year. I always wonder why until I had finally visited myself. The animals of course are awesome but I also love the people, very thoughtful and gentle.
Conspicuous written the other way round on the title. When you don’t make the welcome caption oblivious it inspires some curiosity which gets overly twisted by the surprises wrapped inside there; it is like saying welcome to Hell then one finds himself in heavenly Disney land once there . . .
Africa is by far the most attractive, beautiful, best, diverse, friendly, natural, and significant continent in the world, and certainly worth a visit! You ain’t been anywhere, until you’ve visited the amazing, dark and exciting continent of Africa!
Brilliant post. Love the continent, warts and all.
Dear Matthew, My hubby and I have the so called Kenya fever now for 35 years.In that time we missed the winter holidays only twice becaus of some circumstances. Even 10 years ago, after the election we were there. We love Kenya, but slowly coming to an age, 76, 80, where it might be the last time next January.We usually stay for 8 to 10 weeks. Having a foster Elefant Baby at the Voi Sanctuary we visit her every time also, We just love Kenya…… I enjoyed your fotos very much, thanks for sharing…. Kwaheri, Ursula
We lived the best 27 years of our lives in Southern Africa. Despite all the problems, struggles, political parties and corruption, Africa will ALWAYS be in our veins… it is part of our DNA… no place like this gorgeous continent. Not just the nature side of it is beautiful … the people are amazing … everywhere we went we found great camaraderie, friendship, warmth, welcome and joy (despite the daily pain of living under oppressive and corrupt governments — a thing that we find everywhere in the world!). Africa is Africa. Gorgeous continent, great place to raise kids, overwhelmingly beautiful … a place that took our hearts and minds forever! IF I could, I would return today…!
I was brought up in Kenya in the 1950’s. What a fabulous place to live and learn in. I’ve been back but was shocked at the deterioration of buildings, schools, roads etc. I am 74 now and living in North East England, but still think of our life there.
I am touring Europe at the moment, and being dazzled by all the sights. Yet I am missing my Cape Town and the many routes to camping sites I love in South Africa. I realise that no man made sight can compare with the natural God given beauty we have in Africa. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.
I love my mama Africa.
Great post! The photos say it all. I haven’t been to Africa yet but definitely want to see it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Brilliant…what a twist in the tale…Apparently, according to a renowned National Geographic photographer, who has photographed in 175 countries, there is something magical about the light in Africa..
Just forget the part that young generation haven t ingenious ideas. There is no start up , no transportation .no internet connection You can t do any good business and earn money. Lol..because Africa is modern ,busy , irresistible and people are wonderfully surprising.we should not forget this part.some People think we are locked in the past when Facebook owner and jack Ma Of Alibaba are putting a billions to develop Africans start up companies.
Stunning photos…., we left our hearts in Africa after a three month self drive, this was our second trip to Africa we’re returning next year for another three months……soooooo beautiful and amazing.
Wonderful photos. I am just back from Uganda and Rwanda. Two incredible countries, that makes 12 African countries I’ve visited. I love them all. Africa in into your blood, that’s for sure. I will return. Thanks for the photo journey, love your humour.
The heading is quite catchy, no wonder i had to go through the whole article and pin the specific reason as to why one should not visit africa. infact i like the sarcasm. Welcome to Africa!
Who would want to go there? 😜
Awesome, you are right why visit Africa i’d rather live here!
Awesome, you are right why visit Africa! I’d rather live here!
You can take a person out of Africa but cannot take Africa out of the person. My wife says there is a magnet under Table mountain which prevents her from leaving.
Really enjoyed that Matt. Thanks
I bet fewer people would have bothered to read this if you remove the “not”. Best travel joke ever. Two thumbs up.
Beautiful picture story.
WOW this article takes the trophy when it comes to ignorance.UNBELIEVABLE!!
I was about giving this writer the insult of his life..lol But I said to myself ,just chill and read to the end And I’m glad i did Nice one writer !!
I was smiling the whole time going through this photo blog, thinking to myself, “Hahaha, there’s probably someone out there who actually thinks these statements are true…poor them”. I’m so blessed to live in Africa. 😉
I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU RIGHT NOW!
I’m jealous of myself, too!
Innovative. Thank you for thus captivating story.
Only a pleasure, Inga.
Glad to hear you think so, Simon!
My trip to South Africa was the trip of a lifetime! I loved every place we went: Kruger Park, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. But the most amazing part was the people – they were kind, welcoming, friendly, and very proud of their country.
That sounds amazing Kathryn! We love South Africa and every part of it – but especially her people 🙂
Mhhhh so satisfied and shocked due to your high artstic way of writing..Africa is the best
Wow! I love Africa…..beautiful pictures. #MyAfricaYourAfrica
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